Is PIE going to work in a CHOICE program District?
Original post made by Angry Parent on Oct 11, 2006
But what happens with Choice programs? If you have Alternative programs that get hefty private funding (either through direct parent contributions, Grants, Private donations from special interest organizations, etc.) which bumps their per student spending well over average district per pupil spending to start with, and I presume they also share in the PTA efforts at that schools, do they ALSO get a share of the PIE funds? How is that equitable education?
So we've got specialty programs that get better private incremental funding, plus PTA support, then they get smaller class sizes, AND they also get their 'fair share' of PIE?
Is there financial reporting on each our existing Choice programs going on? Where can I see this? How does this work? For example, do we know how much incremental per student funding Hoover, Ohlone and Spanish Immersion have? And sources for those funds? And what they're being used for?
Why is this a fair funding model? I think once a program decides its going to be an alternative program, then it needs to drop out of the PIE funding food chain? Or needs to be held to basic district funding sources if it wants to get PIE funding. One or the other, but it shouldn't get to be both ways?
I don't feel like contributing to PIE until I understand how this works. Exactly.
Is ANYONE going to demand some policy statements from PIE and from the DISTRICT on this funding issue BEFORE we jump into MORE CHOICE PROGRAMS? What a mess.
on Oct 11, 2006 at 8:20 pm
Did something happen with MI last night at the Board meeting? Was any further information released about the program and its status in the district to prompt these posts right now?
At the current Choice elementary schools, Hoover and Ohlone, I do not believe that there is any private fundraising effort. Both have been strong supporters of PiE and have stepped back, I believe, from PTA fundraising. Neither has any other private fundraising effort.
on Oct 11, 2006 at 9:00 pm
How much more funding per student do spanish immersion or the proposed mandarin immersion programs need to operate?
I believe that Hoover and Ohlone are funded the same as every other elementary school.
on Oct 11, 2006 at 10:36 pm
Is there any public reporting on the costs and total funding of the choice programs? Where?
Do you feel comfortable 'believing' and guessing how this works, or should we know for sure?
And what happens in the case of a new program that does do a lot of private fund raising to cover its incremental costs? What will the PIE policy be in that case?
Has this been determined? Do you think it should be before we go any further down this path?
The FLAP Grant request suggested a program for the elementary component alone that would have run at about $3000 per student per year incremental cost. I find it hard to believe that would ever really fly - its outragous... But stranger things have happened.
But do we have any rules in place to cover this type of scenario?